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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Dec 1, 2010 9:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What Synergy! Two Threads Meet in One Fine TDIH!

Yes it is a nice version ( Jerry is great here ! ). I kind of like the spoken part at the end, in the tradition of many country songs ,etc. The rave up at the end is usually where I get a little annoyed ; instead of having just lost the love of his life, he sounds like someone handed him a million bucks ! Now on a pure entertainment level, this can be good, plenty of great performers get carried away ( listen to the end of Ottis Redding's performance of "I've Been Loving You Too Long", from Monterey !, but I think it is too often silly with Bob .
It's a shame that Al Jolsen is most remembered for this "black face" performance from "The Jazz Singer" ( incidentally, isn't Weir's trying to ape Howling Wolf, and using "wimens" instead of women" , sort of "black face" ? alota people want to be "black"). Jerry Lee Lewis, once listed "4 great stylists" : Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams, himself ( of course !), and Al Jolsen . At first I was perplexed , "Al Jolsen... Huh ?", but the more I listen, to Jolsen I think it is his "attitude" , and panache as a performer , is what he saw in him . Jolsen came from that pre microphone style of singing , thus his declamatory , reach them in the back of the house, style comes from . His fireball, "can't keep me down" approach probably had its influence on Rock . He is is a great singer whom deserves more appreciation .